Biliran capital locks down community over Covid-19 fear

Biliran capital locks down community over Covid-19 fear

LOCKDOWN. The highlighted portion in this satellite photo shows the area in Santatissimo Rosario village in Naval, Biliran that was placed under lockdown on Friday (Oct. 2, 2020) after a resident tested positive for Covid-19. A directive will facilitate contact tracing activities to prevent the possible spread of the virus. (Photo courtesy of Naval Mayor Gerard Roger Espina)

TACLOBAN CITY – A community in Naval, Biliran was placed under lockdown on Friday after a resident tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Through Executive Order 31, strict travel restrictions have been imposed on one area of Santatissimo Rosario village to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

As directed, the movement of persons has been limited to accessing essential goods and services, while residents who are 21 years old and below, 60 years old and above, and pregnant, as well as those with medical conditions and other health risks, have been required to stay home at all times.

Exempted from the travel ban are health and emergency front-liners, government employees performing official functions, persons traveling for medical and humanitarian reasons, those traveling abroad, and returning residents.

“The patient, who is a front-liner, is now under isolation. All his identified close contacts are now on strict home quarantine, pending swab results,” Mayor Gerard Roger Espina said in a statement.

The operation of public transportation and non-essential business establishments has also been suspended.

“Though we did not want this unfortunate thing to happen, the good thing is that we have created our safety nets, such as our temporary border closure, to make sure that there will be no outbreaks. We humbly request everyone to please practice the minimum health standards, especially in public places,” Espina said.

Food assistance was extended to the affected families, he added.

To date, the town has one active case, as its first 24 patients have already recovered, based on the monitoring of the Department of Health. (PNA)

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